In a curious report from TomsHardware, an Nvidia partner claims Nvidia’s next generation Fermi chips will go into production in the 3rd week of February, with limited quantities available in mid-March.

It is not clear if this is the desktop (GF100) or the Tesla version of Fermi. The source goes onto say that 40nm TSMC yields are expected to be poor, though better than ATI’s Radeon HD 5800 series.

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In a curious report from TomsHardware, an Nvidia partner claims
Nvidia’s next generation Fermi chips will go into production in the 3rd
week of February, with limited quantities available in mid-March.

It is not clear if this is the desktop (GF100) or the Tesla version of
Fermi. The source goes onto say that 40nm TSMC yields are expected to
be poor, though better than ATI’s Radeon HD 5800 series.

Considering GF100 is considerably larger than Cypress, very hot and heavily delayed, that will be extremely unlikely. Even more incredibly, the source pegs ATI’s HD 5800 yield at 4%! If AMD were
indeed yielding 4%, then there would be no reason to sell HD 5800s for
any less than a thousand dollars. It is likely though, that it is
simply a typo with a missing zero. 40% is more likely, and something
that was rumoured in November due to “chamber mismatch issues”. Judging
by the sudden rise in availability, we have no doubt that the yields of
HD 5800s have increased considerably.

Despite the rather amusing yield theory, a mid-March paper launch certainly sounds possible, with widespread availability some time in April. Let us hope Nvidia don’t run into any more delays and can stick to this release schedule.

Reference: Toms Hardware